RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada is resuming a fertility control project for a herd of free-roaming horses south and east of Reno in a new agreement with the same mustang protection group that filed suit last year when the state pulled out of a similar deal.

Nevada Department of Agriculture Director Jennifer Ott announced the new agreement Tuesday with the American Wild Horse Campaign.

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Ott says she looks forward to working with the group in their shared goal of a sustainable, long-term solution for managing the more than 2,000 state-owned, stray horses in the Virginia Range.

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The California-based group and Cynthia Ashe of Silver Springs filed suit last April to block what they said would be “a giveaway of a valuable and cherished Nevada asset” after the state canceled their existing agreement and tried unsuccessfully to sell the animals.

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